“Scoble’s silly,” Facebooker says

Teresa Klein says that I’m silly for adding everyone to Facebook as my friend. She also notes that if you value your privacy you should make sure that your Facebook profile isn’t open to my membership. Actually I agree with her on that point. Me? I am leaving myself wide open. I’ve already had some really interesting conversations and renewed friendships because of my Facebook openness.

I just took a quick look through my friends list and guess that I’ve actually met about 25% of the people who’ve added me to my friends’ list. It’s an amazing list of people, by the way. There’s CEOs, developers, CTOs, geeks, and many more interesting people. I want to go through now and leave notes on how I know each of you, if I know you.

I’d love it if you also add how you know me, even if it’s through reading my blog.

Teresa, it might look silly to you, but at Gnomedex I’ll show you why it’s not so silly for people who have audiences to invite them onto Facebook.

88 thoughts on ““Scoble’s silly,” Facebooker says

  1. Funny!

    But it demonstrates that you can get gainful employment, even after taking your shirt off at an industry party!

    Anyway, seriously, there’s no such thing as privacy anymore, is there? What you all trying to hide?!?

  2. Funny!

    But it demonstrates that you can get gainful employment, even after taking your shirt off at an industry party!

    Anyway, seriously, there’s no such thing as privacy anymore, is there? What you all trying to hide?!?

  3. Funny!

    But it demonstrates that you can get gainful employment, even after taking your shirt off at an industry party!

    Anyway, seriously, there’s no such thing as privacy anymore, is there? What you all trying to hide?!?

  4. Well, there are exceptions for when there is no credibility left to lose… :P

    Facebook’s privacy policy always icks me out a bit. It used to be a little bit contradictory in places, :\

  5. Well, there are exceptions for when there is no credibility left to lose… :P

    Facebook’s privacy policy always icks me out a bit. It used to be a little bit contradictory in places, :

  6. Well, there are exceptions for when there is no credibility left to lose… :P

    Facebook’s privacy policy always icks me out a bit. It used to be a little bit contradictory in places, :

  7. Sam: I don’t know, when I got naked on the Internet my traffic went up 30%. Seriously. Heck, we got half naked at a TechCrunch party. How many people can say THAT?

  8. Sam: I don’t know, when I got naked on the Internet my traffic went up 30%. Seriously. Heck, we got half naked at a TechCrunch party. How many people can say THAT?

  9. Sam: I don’t know, when I got naked on the Internet my traffic went up 30%. Seriously. Heck, we got half naked at a TechCrunch party. How many people can say THAT?

  10. Who writes about them? It’s the pictures that do the damage. I’m not ever in those compromising positions to begin with, mind you. I used to post links to discouraging articles whenever I saw the lovely plastic cups and half-nakedness, but I just gave up because no one listened.

    I was Facebook friends with many of the admissions officers at schools I was considering applying to last year, for example… and even now, I do mix them up a little bit, between business and pleasure. Mine is more multi-purpose than some.

  11. Who writes about them? It’s the pictures that do the damage. I’m not ever in those compromising positions to begin with, mind you. I used to post links to discouraging articles whenever I saw the lovely plastic cups and half-nakedness, but I just gave up because no one listened.

    I was Facebook friends with many of the admissions officers at schools I was considering applying to last year, for example… and even now, I do mix them up a little bit, between business and pleasure. Mine is more multi-purpose than some.

  12. Who writes about them? It’s the pictures that do the damage. I’m not ever in those compromising positions to begin with, mind you. I used to post links to discouraging articles whenever I saw the lovely plastic cups and half-nakedness, but I just gave up because no one listened.

    I was Facebook friends with many of the admissions officers at schools I was considering applying to last year, for example… and even now, I do mix them up a little bit, between business and pleasure. Mine is more multi-purpose than some.

  13. I think that sometime soon we will start to see a real conflict between the professional facebook users and the people who are growing up now with it, as they are often miserably incompatible. Some people I know counter this by wiping clean their facebooks to make the transition from say, college to workforce, but for those who don’t… things can be chancy, sometimes. People get into trouble for foolish things.

  14. I think that sometime soon we will start to see a real conflict between the professional facebook users and the people who are growing up now with it, as they are often miserably incompatible. Some people I know counter this by wiping clean their facebooks to make the transition from say, college to workforce, but for those who don’t… things can be chancy, sometimes. People get into trouble for foolish things.

  15. I think that sometime soon we will start to see a real conflict between the professional facebook users and the people who are growing up now with it, as they are often miserably incompatible. Some people I know counter this by wiping clean their facebooks to make the transition from say, college to workforce, but for those who don’t… things can be chancy, sometimes. People get into trouble for foolish things.

  16. I’m not particularly worried about my privacy since I don’t put up any private information of any sort on my facebook profile that isn’t on my blog already. But, we’ll see, eh? I go through and cull out friends every now and then, so, it’s sort of probationary in that sense. I take much greater care in controlling my online presence than do some of my peers, to their detriment. Look as you might, there is nothing to find!

  17. I’m not particularly worried about my privacy since I don’t put up any private information of any sort on my facebook profile that isn’t on my blog already. But, we’ll see, eh? I go through and cull out friends every now and then, so, it’s sort of probationary in that sense. I take much greater care in controlling my online presence than do some of my peers, to their detriment. Look as you might, there is nothing to find!

  18. I’m not particularly worried about my privacy since I don’t put up any private information of any sort on my facebook profile that isn’t on my blog already. But, we’ll see, eh? I go through and cull out friends every now and then, so, it’s sort of probationary in that sense. I take much greater care in controlling my online presence than do some of my peers, to their detriment. Look as you might, there is nothing to find!

  19. Yeah, that’s true, that’s a problem that I usually don’t have to worry about. Well, there IS Kevin Rose. But he begged me to get into Facebook so I could start stalking HIM. Seriously, that’s the conversation we had at dinner a few weeks ago.

    Anyway I agree that would be a good idea to do, have two separate Facebook personas maybe? One with your home email, one with your work?

  20. Yeah, that’s true, that’s a problem that I usually don’t have to worry about. Well, there IS Kevin Rose. But he begged me to get into Facebook so I could start stalking HIM. Seriously, that’s the conversation we had at dinner a few weeks ago.

    Anyway I agree that would be a good idea to do, have two separate Facebook personas maybe? One with your home email, one with your work?

  21. Yeah, that’s true, that’s a problem that I usually don’t have to worry about. Well, there IS Kevin Rose. But he begged me to get into Facebook so I could start stalking HIM. Seriously, that’s the conversation we had at dinner a few weeks ago.

    Anyway I agree that would be a good idea to do, have two separate Facebook personas maybe? One with your home email, one with your work?

  22. I wish there were a way to create a “professional profile” so that I can share some information with people I know in a social setting and some information with people that I know in a business setting.

    I wonder if Facebook is working on that.

    It’s called LinkedIn.

  23. I wish there were a way to create a “professional profile” so that I can share some information with people I know in a social setting and some information with people that I know in a business setting.

    I wonder if Facebook is working on that.

    It’s called LinkedIn.

  24. I wish there were a way to create a “professional profile” so that I can share some information with people I know in a social setting and some information with people that I know in a business setting.

    I wonder if Facebook is working on that.

    It’s called LinkedIn.

  25. Hey, who am I to judge how you use Facebook? I think it’s great to let people in.

    But I have two points of clarification:
    1) You’re a man. You’re not going to have random, creepy guys stalking you on Facebook. I feel like I have to be on guard against that, which is why I’m really careful about the information people can see in my profile.
    2) For me, Facebook is a tool I’ve used for years to keep in touch with close friends who scattered after college. Now, I have a whole host of people that I know in other contexts who I am friends with on Facebook and I’d like to keep the information they see about me within that context.

    I wish there were a way to create a “professional profile” so that I can share some information with people I know in a social setting and some information with people that I know in a business setting.

    I wonder if Facebook is working on that.

  26. Hey, who am I to judge how you use Facebook? I think it’s great to let people in.

    But I have two points of clarification:
    1) You’re a man. You’re not going to have random, creepy guys stalking you on Facebook. I feel like I have to be on guard against that, which is why I’m really careful about the information people can see in my profile.
    2) For me, Facebook is a tool I’ve used for years to keep in touch with close friends who scattered after college. Now, I have a whole host of people that I know in other contexts who I am friends with on Facebook and I’d like to keep the information they see about me within that context.

    I wish there were a way to create a “professional profile” so that I can share some information with people I know in a social setting and some information with people that I know in a business setting.

    I wonder if Facebook is working on that.

  27. Hey, who am I to judge how you use Facebook? I think it’s great to let people in.

    But I have two points of clarification:
    1) You’re a man. You’re not going to have random, creepy guys stalking you on Facebook. I feel like I have to be on guard against that, which is why I’m really careful about the information people can see in my profile.
    2) For me, Facebook is a tool I’ve used for years to keep in touch with close friends who scattered after college. Now, I have a whole host of people that I know in other contexts who I am friends with on Facebook and I’d like to keep the information they see about me within that context.

    I wish there were a way to create a “professional profile” so that I can share some information with people I know in a social setting and some information with people that I know in a business setting.

    I wonder if Facebook is working on that.

  28. The one thing I like about Facebook is that you can make your contact information available only to your friends. Thus, I choose my friends wisely – and there’s also the option of having friends who can only see a limited profile.

  29. The one thing I like about Facebook is that you can make your contact information available only to your friends. Thus, I choose my friends wisely – and there’s also the option of having friends who can only see a limited profile.

  30. The one thing I like about Facebook is that you can make your contact information available only to your friends. Thus, I choose my friends wisely – and there’s also the option of having friends who can only see a limited profile.

  31. If Teresa thinks you are silly, then i believe you are clever for adding more and more friends, life is about connections and networks, that why it is called social networking. Why such websites would be here if you do not want to add friends, even people you never met, maybe one day you will meet, have a drink, share an idea, discuss a blog, whatever …

    50% of my friends on facebook, i never met them, i added them after seeing their profiles, as I was trying to drive contributors to write for my blog http://www.facebookism.com and many of them accepted to do it with pleasure and i am sure more and more will also accept.

    Many interesting people are out there … so lets be friends on facebook or on any other social networking site.

  32. If Teresa thinks you are silly, then i believe you are clever for adding more and more friends, life is about connections and networks, that why it is called social networking. Why such websites would be here if you do not want to add friends, even people you never met, maybe one day you will meet, have a drink, share an idea, discuss a blog, whatever …

    50% of my friends on facebook, i never met them, i added them after seeing their profiles, as I was trying to drive contributors to write for my blog http://www.facebookism.com and many of them accepted to do it with pleasure and i am sure more and more will also accept.

    Many interesting people are out there … so lets be friends on facebook or on any other social networking site.

  33. If Teresa thinks you are silly, then i believe you are clever for adding more and more friends, life is about connections and networks, that why it is called social networking. Why such websites would be here if you do not want to add friends, even people you never met, maybe one day you will meet, have a drink, share an idea, discuss a blog, whatever …

    50% of my friends on facebook, i never met them, i added them after seeing their profiles, as I was trying to drive contributors to write for my blog http://www.facebookism.com and many of them accepted to do it with pleasure and i am sure more and more will also accept.

    Many interesting people are out there … so lets be friends on facebook or on any other social networking site.

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